Dr. Posnick is a Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Minnesota. Educated in dentistry from Harvard University and medicine from Vanderbilt University, Dr. Posnick is a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons (Canada).
Dr. Posnick has completed surgical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University; The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania; And Vanderbilt Medical Center and University.
He began surgical practice in 1986 in Toronto, Canada where he directed the craniofacial surgery program at the Hospital for Sick Children, which is affiliated with the University of Toronto. Working with private industry beginning in the 1980’s, Dr. Posnick developed (with Lebinger Company in Germany) and later (with Stryker Corporation in the US) refined internal fixation systems and medical devices that continue to be used in cranio-maxillofacial surgery worldwide.
In 1992, he was recruited to Georgetown University Medical Center where he formalized the Georgetown Craniofacial Center. In 1998, Dr. Posnick continued an active private practice at the Posnick Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in the Washington D.C. area.
Nominated by his peers, Dr. Posnick has been listed in: Best Doctors-Washingtonian Magazine, Best Dentists-Washingtonian Magazine; Best Doctors in America; Who’s Who in Medical Specialists; National Registry of Who’s Who; and Who’s Who in Executives & Business.
A few of the scholarly honors and awards received over the years include: Award for Video Presentation of “Bilateral Cleft Orthognathic Surgery” (1991) given by American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons; Award for Video Presentation of “Monobloc and Facial Bipartition for Reconstruction of Craniofacial Malformations” (1993) given by American Society of Plastic Surgeons; the Annual Bernard K. Sarnat Junior Investigator Award (1994) given by American Society of Plastic Surgeons; Norman Rowe Award & Lectureship (1999) given by British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; the 4 th Annual H. David Hall Award and Lectureship (2004) given by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; the James Barrett Brown Award (2006) given by American Association of Plastic Surgeons; the William F. Herrigan Award & Lectureship (2010) given by Bellevue Oral and Maxillofacial Alumni Association; the John B. Erich Visiting Professorship of Plastic Surgery (2011) given by the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine; the W. Harry Archer Award & Kurt Thoma Lectureship (2017) given by American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; and the Everett Magnus Orated Award & Lectureship (2018) given by Australian and New Zealand Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
His professional academic appointments include: Clinical Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Georgetown University, Washington DC, Clinical Professor of Orthodontics University of Maryland, School of Dentistry Baltimore, Maryland and adjunct Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington, DC.
Dr. Posnick has lectured around the world and authored more than 300 medical journal articles and book chapters. His earlier two volume textbook, published by W.B. Saunders, Craniofacial and Maxillofacial Surgery in Children and Young Adults, is considered an authoritative benchmark reference. His current comprehensive two volume textbook Orthognathic Surgery: Principles and Practice, published by Elsevier, captures current thinking for the evaluation and treatment of all aspects of dentofacial deformities.
In July 2019, Dr. Posnick stepped back from his clinical practice with continued involvement in the education of students, residents in training, and clinicians in practice. He is also in the process of writing a second edition of his textbook, Orthognathic Surgery: Principles and Practice, to be published by Elsevier.